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  • One Of Arnold's Most Entertaining Movies
    Despite the hokey theology and overdone action, I still enjoyed this film and found it to be astounding in certain parts, thanks to some incredible special- effects, at least when it came out in 1999. They still look pretty cool. I also enjoyed the nice oveerall visuals and excellent sound.

    You just can't take the story seriously, but how many films can you, especially Arnold's wild movies? They are just there to be enjoyed, to get a couple of hours of escapism entertainment. Among the baloney, however, are a few profound statements of truth. Rod Steiger provides them as a priest in the film. Unfortunately, the devil (Gabriel Byrne) has some, too!

    Overall, the story is very involving, so much so that it that at 125 minutes it can wear you. About 15 minutes of less action would have been best. Still, it's one of Arnold's most entertaining movies.
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  • End of Days (1999)
    Director: Peter Hyams
    Cast: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Gabriel Bryne, Robin Tunney, Kevin Pollak, C.C.H. Pounder, Derrick O'Connor, David Weisenberg, Rainer Judd, Miriam Margolyes, Udo Kier.
    Running Time: 121 minutes
    Rated R for intense violence and gore, a strong sex scene and language.

    Hyped to the heavens when it first came out as Schwarzenegger's comeback movie, this 1999 film steers the Governor away from his attempts at comedy and collaborations with Danny Devito and back into the sort of action packed carnage that made his name in the first place. However, where the likes of Commando had him portraying invincible supermen with a neat array of guns and one liners to hand, "End of Days" is considerably darker. Set in New York on the eve of Millennium, the film shows a version of the Austrian Oak previously never witnessed. Arnold Schwarzenegger plays Jericho Cane, an alcoholic ex-Cop in charge of a security squad who finds himself embroiled in a battle to save a young girl (Robin Tunney) from being raped by the devil (a sadly, rather ineffective Gabriel Byrne) and bringing about Armageddon. Cane himself is not the best sort of man for saving all creation either. He is mired in deep depression, has abandoned any faith in God he may have once had and when we first see him, is contemplating suicide. However, saving the girl gives him a drive and determination even when faced with some conflicting views from the Catholic Church about how best to go about this. All of this takes place in a very grim and gritty vision of New York where the rain never stops falling, urban decay is rife and pillars of steam rise from manhole covers. It is a fitting location for the end of all creation to begin and cast a dark veil over the flick.

    Of course, that isn't to say the film is all doom and gloom as there are a few glimpses of just how seriously the makers weren't taking their project (the argument between Arnold and Kevin Pollack in the former's apartment is hilarious). Plus, while the story and characters are all developed to match the atmosphere of impending dread during the first hour and a half, the last twenty minutes are made up of the kind of explosive action that strangely doesn't jar against the grimmer nature of the rest of the film, though the CGI devil at the climax is pushing it a little. As a photographer, Director Peter Hyams (fresh off his unacclaimed, yet deserving "The Relic") demonstrates actual ability, displaying some good frame work and movement, but it is nothing above solid work. Screenwriter Andrew Marlowe is the film's greatest enemy. At parts, the script actually shows the makings of good religious thriller, and at times it even shows some quasi-intellectual thought (the Temptation scene between Arnold and Gabriel Byrne), but these small pluses are choked out by a river of negatives. Generic dialogue/characters, gapping plot holes, and convenient plot points that just happen to point all the characters in the right direction are just a few of the standard Hollywood black holes Marlowe's screenplay falls into. The shadow of the good movie it could have been faded very quickly.

    The film surprisingly has a good cast. Arnold, still possessing that larger than life attitude, tries to play a depressed, on the edge cop with no more than average results. Stick to be the invincible hero Arnie, it's what your good at. Gabriel Byrne is the strong point of the ensemble, bringing a nice air of cynicism to the role of Satan. In a villainous role ripe for overacting, Byrne restrains himself and it adds a bit more menace to the character. Kevin Pollak, as normal, is able to bring at least a few chuckles to the movie, but he's done better. Also look for a stellar small role from Rod Steiger. Hyams looked like he was trying to separate this from the faceless mass of Hollywood action films. He was heading in the right direction, but had neither the script or originality to take it there; nonetheless, "End of Days" is a suitable venture if you are looking for an action-packed, special effects romp and a devil of a good time....more info
  • More entertaining than I expected.
    This end of the world thriller has a bad reputation, and I can see why. I saw all the plot twists coming a mile away and the flaws in its internal logic are almost laughable. Yet I found myself clapping and shouting through all the over the top action and pyrotechnics.

    Arnold Schwarzenegger plays a burnt out, hard drinking ex-cop turned security guard that gets caught up in end of the world nonsense when the wall street broker he is protecting is the focus of an assassination attempt. Turns out the wall street broker is the host of satan itself, who needs to father a child with a chosen woman who is being kept cluelessly waiting by an intricate conspiracy of satanists. None of it makes sense, but it is entertaining nonsense to watch.

    The disc is excellent. It features a good, clear transfer and considering how dark Peter Hyams shoots his movies that is saying a lot. There is also enough behind the scenes footage, with a little bible trivia mixed in for flavor, to satisfy the film buff.

    End of Days is not a particularly good movie, but it is very entertaining nonetheless. Recommended to demonic thriller fans as well as Arnie's, of course....more info

  • Great entertaining and fun movie
    I really hate reading critics reviews of movies. Typically they are always wrong in their evaluation of a movie. What is a movie anyway other than entertainment, its not life, it is merely there to take us away from our daily life and have some fun. If you come out of a movie entertained then it has done its job.

    If you go to see an Arnold movie you are going to see an action movie. That being said this was more than an action movie Arnie did a fine job of acting as well as play the hero.

    I came away from the movie entertained and I enjoyed it. If you try looking any further into it then you just keep missing the point of a movie.

    Everyone reading this do me a favor. Never ever read a review and never ever see or don't see a movie based on a review. If you like action movies, if you like Arnold then see the movie and decide yourself if you liked it or not.

    Later........more info

  • GNR is the only reason this movie is good
    GNR is the only reason this movie is good beacuse they're on the sound track/....more info
  • 1000 years have ended....
    This is the most disturbing movie I ever saw...And I loved it!...more info
  • He's seen better days
    This film has a number of flaws and you have probably heard all of them by now. The biggest flaw is just that the script is not that strong. I think most devil movies just have problems not seeming corny and this film is no exception. If this was not an action film than it would have really flopped. There are a number of good action scenes and some sharp special effects. Schwarzenegger is strong at times as he plays a more beat-up character than usual. Gabriel Byrne does well, but seems bored at times. The bottom line is that the film is entertaining even if though it has a number of gaps. The DVD looks very sharp and has a number of extras. There is a behind the scenes segment, commentary and videos, but the coolest extra has to be the special effects section. This takes the viewer throught the process of how a number of the more spectular effects were done and it really helps one to appreciate what went into this film. Not a great film, but worth seeing....more info
  • Blu Ray Review
    I was half expecting the Blu Ray version of End of Days to *suck* but suprisingly it is one of the best in terms of picture and sound transfers. I am only using a Samsung HD Ready LCD.

    For a late 90's movies it has very good picture quality-: during the night scenes, you don't see grains on the dark background. Sound is also superb. The only thing that *SUCKED* is the extras. Only a director's commentry, nothing else.

    So if you are an Arnold Fan and hate 'extras' get EOD on Blu Ray :)...more info
  • Wasted potential
    Take Arnold Schwarzenegger, mix with a plot involving a showdown with Satan, add some campy acting and bad lapses in logic, and you'll get End of Days, a movie that begs to be better than what it is, and could and should have succeeded where other movies like this fail. Schwarzenegger plays a burned out bodyguard who has lost his faith in Gid and mourning the deaths of his wife and child, and then finds himself protecting a young woman (Robin Tunney) from Satan (Gabriel Byrne). What results is your typical, predictable cat & mouse movie with the odds pinned up so much against Arnie & crew, but naturally he finds a way to win, even if its against the devil. The plot is just so conventional, you can even tell whats going to happen before it happens. There are some good qualities though, the ending was different, making the film not as horrible as it could have been, and the cast; including Kevin Pollak, Cch Pounder, and Rod Steiger; is a nice touch. All in all, End of Days was a big disappointment for me, and unless your a die hard Schwarzenegger fan, you probably won't dig it....more info
  • Exceeded My Expectations...
    END OF DAYS is a typical movie in the "Satan wants to rule the world" category of movies. There are a couple things that set it apart from the others, like the great special effects and Gabriel Byrne's portrayal of Satan. The story is a common one for this style of movie: Satan wants to rule the world, and he has a lot of followers who are more than willing to help him bring it about. The story starts out in 1979, when Satan's eventual bride (Tunney) is born in New York City. The Vatican sends out clergymen to find her and protect her from Satan, who needs to mate with her before midnight on December 31, 1999.

    Flash-forward to, well, 1999! Here we meet the principal characters, Jericho Cane (Schwarzenegger), the adult Christine York (Tunney) and Satan (Byrne), who has taken the body of a prominent New York banker to move about the city. Shortly after taking over his new body, Satan causes a diner to blow up, just to show he's really a bad-ass. He then starts his mission trying to find Christine before his time runs out.

    As he moves around New York looking for Christine, Satan blows up a few more things, kills some people (there must be movies in Hell, as Satan must have seen SILENCE OF THE LAMBS), and generally causes Jericho lot's of problems. The ending is a bit of a surprise, as this rarely happens (not going to say what) in a Schwarzeneggar movie. But it really was the only way this story could have ended, and maintained it's dignity. Anything else would have been a serious let-down.

    Of course, there are a couple much overused cheap scream-getters, as well as another much overused plot twist. While there are some very original ideas in the story (sending out The Knights of the Holy See, a radical sub-group of the Vatican Knights, sanctioned by the Church sent to kill Christine before Satan gets to her was an interesting, but implausable idea), there's just really nothing in this movie to make it stand out much in the realm of horror movies. As stated above, it stands out a little from the "Satan rules the world" movies, but as horror movies go, it is right about average....more info

  • Ah-nuld fights valiantly in FX driven sci-fi nightmare
    End of Days is one of those action thrillers that one day will wind up on a wonderful list known as Bad Movies We All Love. But it takes a few years to achieve such cult status, and, so, I am left to deal with today. I don't intentionally have it in for this type of picture, but the genre today has a lot in common with pop music, because they both have such specific target markets. In the case of action thrillers, it is fourteen to twenty-five year old males. There's nothing at all wrong with having a particular audience in mind. The problem is that, by limiting the appeal, you tend to crystallize the subject matter. You fall into a pattern of rehashing the same material, because, as one group outgrows your genre, there's a fresh one to take it's place.

    I suppose that End of Days would have been more interesting ten years ago. That was when CGI and other digital effects were new and fresh to the eye. Today, it's just another costly FX driven movie. Compare it to another Arnold Schwarzenegger picture, the much better Total Recall [1991], and you'll see what I mean. ...

    Then there are the special effects. They are spectacular, but predictable. Some are a bit weird. In several scenes, such as a restaurant's blowing up, the street traffic just keeps moving. Even New Yorkers are not quite that jaded. In another, The Man falls twenty stories and lands on a SUV. Its alarm goes off, the vehicle is totaled, but no crowd gathers. The movie is especially prone to defying the laws of physics. There is a chase scene aboard a runaway subway train. Jericho manages to uncouple the car he and the girl are in. The rest of the train jumps the tracks and wrecks. Moments later, their car plows into the wreck. Do they jump out of the car? No, they just run to the rear and grab hold of a support pole. Not only are they not hurt, they remain standing. Give us a break!...more info

  • Amusing and entertaining, to say the least.
    It's Arnold vs. the Devil! That's all you need to know plot-wise in this big and dumb action/thriller that pits Schwarzennegger against the "ultimate" villain. Yes, this one's as stupid as you'd expect, but there's a certain acknowledgement of its own inanity, the action's fast-paced and exciting, and there are plenty of good, intentional laughs (The one-liners and an unforgettable fight between Ah-nuld and an old lady!). Not necessarily better than what the critics say (at least in terms of the script), but it sure is entertaining (for mostly the right reasons, I assume)....more info
  • Surprisingly entertaining!
    While not the perfect, End of Days is certainly a well-crafted thriller with plenty to offer.

    The year is 1999, and it's days before New Years in New York City, where Satan (Gabriel Byrne) has come to Earth to find the woman who will bear his child, bringing about the "end of days". This woman (Robin Tunney) was born in 1979 during a phenomenon that marked her as the mother of Satan's child. Sound complicated and odd? Not to worry, the film does an excellent job of setting everything up to get to the action scenes. When Satan takes the body of an investment banker, it is Jherico Caine (Schwarzenegger) who is unknowingly protecting him. When he foils an assassination attempt, he and his partner (Kevin Pollak) uncover a frightening web of conspiracy that leads them all over the city, with Satan hot on their tails.

    Director Peter Hyams (The Relic) keeps the mood appropriately dark and creepy. The special effects are extremely well-done, especially in the film's thrilling climax.

    Arnie plays the same character he always does: the guy who has to save the world. Though it's his stereotypical character, Schwarzenegger pulls it off well here. However, Gabriel Byrne is the real star here, playing Satan in haunting fashion. Tunney (The Craft) does a decent job as the chosen bride of Satan. Kevin Pollak, CCH Pounder, and Udo Kier are all top-notch in their supporting roles.

    The DVD of this film is excellent, to say the least. Commentarys, specail effects spots, music videos, and trailers are all among the array of extras. The picture and sound are top quality. Universal Studios always does a great job with it's DVD releases, and End of Days is no exception.

    End of Days is, overall, a very good film that will appeal to fans of several different genres. Whether your thing is horror, suspense, drama, or just Arnie, End of Days certainly won't disappoint....more info

  • Let's hear it for Arnie. I said hear it, not spear it.
    You have as much chance of urinating against the side of Voyager Two than winning the national lottery. Never the less, my mate Nigel 'spunky' Turner says that when, not if, he wins it he will buy a copy of every great film Arnold Schwarzenneger has made over the last thirty years and then buy himself a large country estate to put them all in. Well, that takes care of the doorstop.........more info
  • Governor of California V's the devil
    Arnie actually does a good job in this film of at least trying to act.

    The plot is a little ludicrous, the devil returning every 1,000 years to mate with a human to have diabolical offspring. But somehow it is still engaging.

    The special effects are good, especially the church scene at the end of the movie.

    Crucifixions abound and there is no shortage of blood splattered scenes for the more horror minded.

    There are absolutely no subplots involving any characters other than Arnie. Arnie's friensdhip with his co-worker is tokenistic and somewhat cliche.

    It could have been a very good film but ends up being a good "b" grade film - not the the huge comeback "A" grade block buster it was designed to be....more info
  • Entertaining horror-action film
    Not so much a horror film as an action thriller with horror icons, End of Days is yet another Lethal Weapon/Die Hard variation. A buddy cop movie with the ultimate villain: Satan himself.

    If that's not high-concept enough, here's another twist: the buddy cops (actually, buddy bodyguards) are assigned to protect a prominent Wall Street yuppie from assassins. But unbeknownst to them, their charge is Satan in human form, and the assassins are a hit team from the Catholic Church. So the bodyguard heroes are inadvertently defending Satan against holy assassins.

    As an actioner, End of Days is paint-by-numbers excellent. Nothing extraordinary, but replete with Hollywood's usual first-rate production values, inventive stunts, extravagant explosions, and breathless high-speed chases. Thrilling while it lasts, forgettable when it's over.

    The film does flirt with some appropriate supernatural horror themes. Arnold Schwarzenegger is Jericho Cane (two Biblical names in one, neither clearly symbolic of anything; nor any reason for the spelling). Cane was once a good cop. Then he testified against the mob, and the mob killed his wife and daughter. Cane did his duty, playing by the rules. But where was the NYPD for Cane's family? Where was God?

    Unable to bear the guilt, Cane quit the NYPD and went private. He's lost his Faith, in both the system and in God. When we first see him, he's contemplating suicide.

    Gabriel Byrne (a priest in Stigmata, also 1999) is Satan, made flesh to impregnate the unwilling Christine York (Robin Tunney, The Craft). This must occur the hour before the Millennium, AD 2000, because ... well, just because. Naturally, York will then give birth to the Antichrist.

    (One film critic pointlessly sneered that Satan should know the Millennium wasn't until 2001. I'm sure he did. I'm sure the ENTIRE PLANET knew the Millennium wasn't until 2001, seeing as how EVERYONE was informing EVERYONE else of that irrelevant factoid throughout the latter half of 1999).

    But although End of Days features horror icons and themes, its story is structured as an actioner. When Cane realizes his employer is Satan, he turns his security skills to abducting and protecting York. Still lacking faith (despite witnessing Satan's powers), Cane rejects assistance from the Catholic church, preferring to battle Satan with testosterone-charged gunplay.

    Yet as one may expect, the Prince of Darkness is indestructible, even more so than the metallic terminator in T2: Judgment Day. No matter how often Cane shoots, burns, and bloodies Satan, he'll be back. It's lowbrow, comic book entertainment. No cerebral horror. Nothing atmospheric or profound or chilling.

    See Satan punch a minion so hard, his fist exits the back of the man's skull! See Satan hurtled down a subway car, knocking out poles like bowling pins! See the subway car crash and collapse, the heroes racing down the car as it folds up accordion-like behind them! See Arnold dangling from a helicopter as it speeds after an elderly priest/assassin, the priest plummeting several stories, crashing through a glass awning, then arising and racing down the street with Arnold in hot pursuit!

    In both T2 and End of Days, Arnold protects a naif from an indestructible, relentless killer. Imagine T2's terminator having a supernatural, rather than a scientific, rationale, and you'll get a flavor for End of Days.

    Apart from his name, there's some religious symbolism when Satan crucifies Cane. Here, Satan commits the silly mistake of many supervillains: allowing the hero to live so he may suffer a slow death, hear the villain's diabolical plans, and fully realize his defeat at the hands of the brilliant villain. Of course, this allows Arnold a chance to escape...

    End of Days resembles director Peter Hyams's previous horror film, The Relic (1997). Fast-paced action, much gore, little atmosphere, style, or darkness. Still, Hyams's characters have grown. Arnold is a better actor than he's usually given credit for. Cane is a standard buddy cop clich?, almost to the point of parody, yet Arnold infuses Cane with depth and sympathy.

    However, the stand-out performance comes from Gabriel Byrne. His role is written as pure evil, a Satan without doubts, ambiguity, or sympathy. Yet Byrne's Satan projects nuances, while always maintaining an evil core. His Satan is one- dimensional, yet deep. That sounds contradictory, but it isn't. His Satan's evil is remorseless, undeviating, and unhesitating. Pure evil. But an evil coated with superficial, yet brilliant, veneers.

    Suitably dressed in hip yuppie black, Byrne's Satan exhibits casual cruelty to his loyal acolytes, a simmering vindictiveness, and a sense of frustrated entitlement over losing Heaven. Sometimes cool, even playful, then lashing out with lethal savagery. His warmth and sympathy are almost convincing as he tempts Cane with the return of his family. Satan's arguments are reasonable, his mannerisms gentle. Yet always, however vaguely, we perceive the evil and deceit beneath whatever veneer he wears.

    A minor caveat. As in many films, the Catholic Church turns out to harbor a secret Order. In this case, a renegade faction of priests trained over the centuries to identify and halt the coming Antichrist. Either by killing Satan's mortal form -- or by killing the innocent mother-to-be of the Antichrist (York). Naturally, Arnold pulverizes these priests in his attempts to save York.

    Now, I realize the Catholic Church has a near-monopoly on Antichrist films. But I doubt all religions would have had their clergy brutalized with such flippant glee. I'm not saying don't portray evil priests. I just wish the nasty cinematic portrayals could be spread a little more evenly across all faiths.

    It's difficult to judge End of Days because: What standards does one apply? Do we measure it against actioners or horror? It's a first-rate action film. But as horror, it lacks the innovative style or thought-provoking profundity of Rosemary's Baby, The Exorcist, or Lost Souls. Gabriel Byrne is a noteworthy Satan. Arnold is a fine action hero. His buddy, Kevin Pollak, is decent but forgettable. Likewise, Robin Tunney. Udo Kier has a briefly interesting role as a Satanic minion.

    As a horror film, End of Days is adequate, but no more. Its chief pleasures derive from its stunts and pyrotechnics. ...more info
  • The Best Arnie Movie Since The 6th Day
    I Have been a fan of Arnold Schwarzenegger's movies for a long time and when I first saw End Of Days I Loved it. It had everything a Schwarzenegger film needs Action,Suspense, and an awesome threesome between Gabriel Byrne as the devil and two other woman. No matter what so called critics said This film was a lot better than The 6th Day....more info
  • End of Days - A fairly decent film!
    Until recently I was unaware that this particular film was billed as Arnold Schwarzenegger's comeback film in 1999 after having heart surgery the year prior. As a comeback film I would have to say that this particular film wasn't a completely triumphant one for everybody's favorite super action film star. I remember walking out of the theater when this one was released thinking that Arnold really should've given this one further thought before taking the role and until only quite recently made the decision to purchase the DVD. As I find myself doing often, I felt that this film deserved a second look and in part, I'm glad I did. I wouldn't go so far as many others have in saying that this is a horrible, highly predictable film, but I would say that, upon watching it a second time, the film does have some good merits in showing Arnold's acting skills despite the poorly scripted plot. Ultimately, this is one of those fair to midland type films that most could take or leave although it does have some very interesting plot aspects insomuch as to the whole "End of Days" aspect and the play upon Catholicism and the anti-Christ.

    Performance wise, Arnold Schwarzenegger is at his best in films of this type where his strengths are displayed at their best to include the actions scenes and his myriad of one liners that continue to bring about a chuckle. The one true oddity of the film for him is that he takes a beating in this film like no other but hey, what can one expect when Hollywood's crowned king of action films is up against the devil himself. Gabrielle Byrne gives an impressive performance in this film, in a role that is just a few notches up of his normal roles. This is the only film that I've ever watched that had Robin Tunney in it and I would have to say that she's a fairly capable actress but unfortunately not one that stands out.

    Director Peter Hyams who is probably best known for some of Hollywood's best marginal films such as "The Presidio," "Outland" and "2010" does a fairly respectable job with the film considering the script available to him.

    The Premise:

    Here is where the film takes much of its beatings as Schwarzenegger plays Jericho, a former cop turned body guard who has lost his wife and child to criminals and now finds solace in the bottle; a theme that has been done more or less to death in a great many films in this genre. Discounting that particularly overly done theme, the film is based upon the "End of Days" theme, just before the dawn of the millennium in which twenty years prior a girl is born with the mark of the devil and those who follow the devil take up important positions in this girl's life. Coming back to 1999, the devil himself shows up and in order to get his wish of domination, he must mate with this woman, Christine York (Robin Tunney) between 11 pm and 12 am on New Year's Eve...

    What follows from there is a movie that is at times over clich¨¦d but does have some well played action sequences and a somewhat intriguing plot that does create a level of intensity towards the films somewhat "comic" conclusion...

    Overall, I'd recommend this film to fans of Arnold's and those who like somewhat good action flicks that have a half way decent script. {ssintrepid}

    Special Features:

    -Spotlight on Location
    -Feature Commentary with Director Peter Hyams
    -Special Effects: The Devil's Playground
    -Soundtrack Presentation featuring:
    *Never before seen Everlast music video
    *Rob Zombie's rarely seen music video
    -Book of Revelation
    -Theatrical Trailer
    -Universal Showcase
    -Special DVD-Rom Features...more info

  • Arnold's worst performance
    Every movie Arnold has made has been good.....except this one.
    I watched this DVD with a girl who wasn't very pretty to look at...so I was looking forward to keeping my eyes on the screen. That didn't happen either!...more info
  • Oculus Deum
    Being that 1999 has come and gone pretty uneventfully, END OF DAYS, many cynics will argue, isn't really worth watching. Of course, that's not true. Yes, since this reivew is being written in the last days of 2005, everyone is probably looking back on the 1999 New Year's event and laughing heartily (the same I cannot say for the 2001 New Year's crowd, or any period during George W. Bush's "Presidency".) Whether it was a suspected terrorist attack, the Y2K mumbo-jumbo, or the anticipated return of the Messiah, we were all being a liitle paranoid.

    I am a deeply spiritual but fairly unorthodox Catholic, so I don't consider the Bible either infallible or without merit. END OF DAYS is an apocalyptic action-horror movie for people like me.

    END OF DAYS has Arnold Schwarzenegger giving one of the best performances of his career before becoming the governor of CULL-LI-FORN-NIA. He plays NYC cop turned bodyguard Jericho Cane- whose name, by the way, is the name of a city in Israel; END OF DAYS is full of Biblical references like this- who contemplates suicide and drowns himself in alcohol to escape his guilt for the murders of his wife and daughter, who died at the hands of criminals he testified against. He and his partner Bobby (Kevin Pollack) are protecting a nameless Wall-Street socialite (Gabriel Byrne) during the New Year's fiasco. After an attempt on the Man's life, by a priest no less, Jericho is puzzled why a religious man would want to take a life. A series of clues leads him to Chritine York (Robin Tunney), who has also just survived a hit by Vatican troubleshooters. Soon, she and Jericho learn the true about the attempted murders, and the Man himself from Father Kovak (Rod Steiger)- Every 1,000 years, Satan comes to Earth and takes possessing of a male body- The Man's in this case- and serachs for the woman with whom he will father the Anti-Christ. He has chosen Christine to mother his child, who must be conceived between 11 and Midnight on New Years Eve. Though Jericho is reluctant to believe in this scenario- he has lost all faith in God for allow his family to be murdered- when Satan tempts him with the joys that will be his if he leads him to Chritine, and after almost being killed by Satan for refusing, Jericho agres to protect Christine.

    END OF DAYS is probably Arnold Schwarzengger's best movie, even better than his powerhouse TERMINATOR franchise. It's certainly his most dramatic. And while I can't say that I am pleased that Arnold has been such an avid Bush supporter in his political carrer (read past reviews I have written on Bush), I think that END OF DAYS may be the one time I or anyone else can honestly say Arnold gave a truly Oscar-worthy performance.

    I have been wondering though, has anyone in Hollywood been considering making a What if? sequel to END OF DAYS? You Know, What if Jericho couldn't stop Satan's plot. What if Christine gave birth to the Anti-Christ? What would the world be like? How accurately would the Book of Revealations have had it? (I personally think Book of Revealations is so bizarre, it's almost impossible for anyone human to interpret it correctly.)

    In this time of war and religious bigotry in the United States, END OF DAYS is the perfect movie to escape it all....more info
  • Satan gets blowed up real good
    Comparing the Exorcist to this movie is like comparing Laurence Olivier's Hamlet to Godzilla versus Mechagodzilla. Interesting that so many people applauded Gabriel Byrne's portrayal of Satan. How would they know? Perhaps this movie appeals to satanists. One particularily disturbing scene has Satan apparently urinating on the streets of New York. This would explain a lot if you've ever been there. Two stars for some mildly amusing special effects...more info
  • End of Days
    I've been going through the reviews that left this film with nothing more than one star. What's wrong with these people? They must all be fanatic christians or something, this movie was great.
    Arnold is funny as hell, he looks better than ever, and he did a great job acting this part. Gabriel Byrne is the perfect satan, calm, dark, and suave. His performance fit the part to perfection. The effects were great as well....more info
  • Lovely, But Sadly Lacking
    This was a wonderful movie, but I have to agree with most everyone. It sadly lacks a few things, mostly in the crucial plot catagory. There are definitely some things left to be desired.

    While the story is a full one, it seems to be missing something. Like, why does Satan totally rewrite the minds of everyone but Jericho? Or if Satan is so powerful, why doesn't he just take Christine, round up his followers, and do the dirty deed while the ceremony is being said? It makes no sense.

    The characters are pretty good. The Albino, as few seem to notice, is terribly creepy. The priest and Christine are good, but seem to lack the substance I expected from charcters like that. The best, of course, is Gabriel Byrne's Satan. That's the only reason why this movie diserves all 5 stars.

    Gabriel's Satan is one of a kind. His voice is soft and melodius, with just the right touch of accent. Satan comes across as a soft-spoken, smooth-talker that always gets the point across. And he shows you that it's not safe to screw with this smug, Irish-born Satan. Even Mandy Patinkin's Satan (which lacked Gabriel's style) from "Touched By An Angel" can't compare....more info

  • Obscene 'End of Days'
    The revolting plotline to this baneful motion picture starring the ever-lasting genius, Arnold Schwarzenegger, pits the immortal against the most evil force of human nature. The devil has chosen a woman to bare his child to prepare for the end of days. Humanity will suffer as we know it unless somebody protects the innocent woman. Only one man can save her, Jericho Cane! Schwarzenegger portrays the suicidal man and regains his religious faith to fight the evil force. Lots of action takes place and this film easily becomes an Arnold classic. He's in top shape and considering this was his first movie since "Batman and Robin", Schwarzenegger still looks fit and has the funniest accent out of any action star. Gabriel Byrne portrays the devil and does some vile things. Wretched! The special effects are decent and the train sequence was shocking, but the ultimate fight at the end, is one to remember forever. Ugliness!...more info
  • Not great, though not bad either
    End of Days brings to the screen the story of an alcoholic, down-on-his-luck, former cop who joined a private security firm that offers wealthy people protection. Things become rather complicated when the client in need of protection is... Satan.
    There are slight hints of the Omen, Constantine, and Ninth Gate with a touch of the X-Files so the movie falls into the action/adventure/mystery/thriller/horror type of category.
    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Gabriel Byrne, Robin Tunney, and most of the rest of the cast carry out their performances well.
    The plot, the setting, the dialogues, the music, and the special effects, are all good.
    In short, End of Days is a movie worth watching if you are in the mood for some good entertainment and/or you are a Schwarzenegger fan. 4 Stars

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  • Arnold saves the world from the devil in 2000
    The 1000 years has past since Christian people thought the world would end in 1000 AD. Again it is predicted that the devil will spawn a child on
    an human woman and a new reign of evil will result.
    The cycle of the rings seems based on that same sort of legend
    in a world where superstitions ruled:
    The Lord of the Rings: Motion Picture Trilogy - Special Release: Tolkein Month Movies Poster Print, 27x40
    Instead of swords and arrows Arnold has an over and under grenade launcher
    machine gun.
    The special effects are pretty good, but the plot has been done several times before and after....more info
  • A great movie to watch.
    End of days is one great movie that you can watch If your bored,or your looking for a good time.The cast Is good,and the
    script Is well written.Gabrial Bryne does a wonderful job of playing the man,and Arnold always doe's a great job of playing his roles.The DVD Is also good with many bonus footage.If you
    havent seen this movie,check It out.You won't be disappointed....more info
  • I Turned It Off And Put Pornography On Instead
    At least some of our greatest pornographic films have a more interesting storyline than this boring attempt at a religious action thriller.

    Arnold Schwarzenegger will always have his name be synonymous with cheesy over the top action adventures. Some of them are absolutely perfect, such as Predator, Total Recall and those other ones where he's a robot but nobody seems to be able to remember. This is another action film in his hefty catalogue of shooty shooty action films, yet attempts to be a bit different from the rest by bringing Satan into the picture. Satan being about the only good part of this entire film makes me feel a bit blasphemous making that statement.

    The story focuses around the millenium and Christine York from New York, get it? They do that joke in the movie too so don't take my lame joke as something original. The biggest part in history is about to break but Satan is ready to crash that party, but one thing stands in his way, Arny and his bulging masculinity. It turns out that satan isn't just turning up to be the venerable party pooper, he's looking for a wife and a bearer for his son to continue to the family line which will trigger the end of days. To do that he has to kill a lot of people who get in his way and torture the girl with visions before he comes face to face with her (God just sent angels).

    Throughout the film we are forced to suffer some ridiculous word play and religious stories that some turn out to simply not be true. These are used to scare the viewer that a possible end of days may happen in reality, but it's not going to happen in the ways of Satan wanting some sex. Arnold is his usual self in regards to being all bang bang shoot 'em up, no caring attitude. He even has a go at beating satan with his fists. Priests play the usual righteous part about how faith in god will get us through, and we have to fight satan ourselves while god sits and watches the TV.

    Possibly the only redeemable feature of the entire film is Gabriel Byrne as Satan. If ever you could cast a person as satan and you didn't have the money to get Al Pacino, Gabriel Byrne is the man to get for the role. He put across the pure evil image perfectly and at one point even had me soiling my pants. Other than that messy episode, this is a film chocked full of terrible clich¨¦s ridiculous cat and mouse chases and a pointless fight between a mortal and the most evil creation known to modern day religion.

    I wouldn't really recommend this to anyone, but if I had to I would probably recomment this to my enemies as I hate those guys....more info
  • Not for the light-hearted.
    Typical Arnie fans will probably love this. He lays his same sort of character, but he seems a bit more edgy in this film and he's lost his sense-of-humour, like he usually has in his other films. But this isn't a bad film. It's all about Satan himself coming to New York, seeking a paticular woman who he wants her to be the mothyer anerchist. Arnie plays an ex-cop, he has lost his wife and daughter and is ready to kill himself. But he soon gets stuck when he has to protect the girl. Let's get one thing straight, this isn't a film were you see a big red monster (Satan) walking around the streets of New York. Satan takes a normal guy's (Gabriel Burn) body and uses that body to walk around.
    The film can be very sick at points, and I wouldn't let any light-hearted people watch it. You see sick things like a snake getting cut open, a man being set on fire etc etc. The film does have some odd but very good special effects, you see Satan as he usually is at the end, but it may dissapoint you 'cause he isn't in it for long. The film can be a bit suspenseful at times and can keep you guessing. It isn't all scary, but it might give you a couple of jumps maybe.
    I don't have anything else to say really, apart from: Arnie fans will love, see it if want any horror film. Oh, and the flashback scene with his wife and daughter is BRILLIANT!...more info
  • Arnold Good. Movie Bad.
    There is very little of redeeming value in this movie. The plot-line, a translation of the book of Revelations so loose its laughable, is made even more unbearable by clunky and melodramatic dialogue. Although Arnold Schwarzenegger does some of the best character work in his career here, it is muddled by lopsided drama and action which just plain isn't. The pace of the show, despite the multiple and gratuitous violence, still never surpasses a struggling limp, and the movie is forced to rely on stunning special effects (I'll admit, they're good) and some big names (Gabriel Byrne and Kevin Pollack) to boost viewership. Byrne's performance as Satan seems phoned-in, and the spiritual struggle of Arnold--which could have saved the show, were it better written--is lost in a deluge of dramatic explosions, dopey double-crosses, and flammable demon pee, only to be revived at the last moment in a sort of "oops, almost forgot" by the directors, writers, and, unfortunately, Arnold himself. ...more info